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[Report] Tomas Holmstrom expected to retire before season

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Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom expected to retire before season:

Tomas Holmstrom, the best net-front presence in the NHL over the past 15 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings, is expected to announce his retirement soon, now that the lockout is over.

Holmstrom, who turns 40 on Jan. 23, informed the club of his intentions a while ago. The team did not want to make an announcement during the work stoppage. It will hold a news conference at Joe Louis Arena, likely before the start of the season.

Holmstrom scored 243 goals and added 287 assists in 1,026 games. His goal total includes 122 on the power play, which ranks third in franchise history behind Steve Yzerman (202) and Nicklas Lidstrom (132). Statistics for power-play goals weren't kept for much of Gordie Howe's career.

Holmstrom had many more goals disallowed because referees ruled he either interfered with the goaltender or was in the crease.

His perseverance around the net was unparalleled. Especially during his early years, he absorbed constant slashes, cross-checks and other abuse from defensemen and goaltenders. He still managed to screen the goalie and tip numerous shots past goalies. And, despite his lack of speed, he was tremendous at retrieving the puck.

The 257th overall pick (10th round) in the 1994 NHL entry draft, Holmstrom played on four Stanley Cup championship teams (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008).

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2013/01/red_wings_tomas_holmstrom_expe.html

Great career, wish him all the best!

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Solid career making lives difficult for defensemen and goaltenders alike. I don't think people understand just how much of a beating one takes playing the way he plays. Probably one of the toughest guys the NHL will ever see.

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I expect him to work for the red wings in some capacity probably as a scout somewhere in European likely Sweden

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No Lidstrom or Holmstrom in Detroit... truly the end of the late 90's early 2000's dynasty.

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All the best to him then. Though I wonder how the red wings will cope with losing another valuable player.

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Man his back must be destroyed by now from all that abuse

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The Detroit Red Wings that I used to know and hate are almost all gone now :sadno:

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Great player, Hated playing him as he was one of the most annoying. Best at what he did, DET is falling apart at the hips..

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The Detroit Red Wings that I used to know and hate are almost all gone now :sadno:

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Redwings were my 2nd favorite team, they got gutted this off season. Now I could care less about them.

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Shame to see him go but I will always have the memory of his 5 goal games.

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Redwings were my 2nd favorite team, they got gutted this off season. Now I could care less about them.

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Solid player. Played for below market value for almost all of his career. Great team mate. Teams need players like Holmstrom to win Cups.

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Redwings were my 2nd favorite team, they got gutted this off season. Now I could care less about them.

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Seemed like there has never been a single Canuck who could move Holmstrom from the top of the crease. Liked his battles with Bieksa, with Bieksa shouting 'one time' at him (drop the gloves one time).

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Solid guy, so much abuse and tough work - as bad a skater as he was an awesome net presence.

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Scotty Bowman on Hockey Central talking about Holmstrom. Loved the guy.

Told a story about how Holmstrom wanted a high number, but Federov had 91 and he was the rock star so they didn't wan to give Holmtrom a number higher than Fedorov's.

Bowman says to Holmstrom, why don't you take the number 98 because that's the year you'll be going back home to Sweden,, lol.

This was in 1996.

Holmstrom took the #96.

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